Canto CXCIII

A liar always sits in front of bookshelves
as if all of those digested volumes stand
as firmly within their corporeal selves.

Consider mine, for I am not the man
who took that Ginsberg volume for gospel,
as that man was not also, in his turn,

the one that made The Selfish Gene his Bible.
They may as well be train tickets for all
the knowledge that I might claim to dispel

or shoe boxes packed with my old toenails
or bags of hair picked from barbershop floors
or transcripts from childhood confessionals

or cold, nocturnal pee in labelled jars.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katcasey
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 16:38:35

    “Consider mine, for I am not the man who took that Ginsberg volume for gospel” – this line is perfect, so powerful.

    Reply

  2. Niall O'Sullivan
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 17:45:25

    Thanks kat šŸ™‚

    Reply

  3. peter litton
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 09:48:22

    The first line sets the tone of the poem. I often find that if I can get one good line the rest of the poem will follow.

    Reply

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